Easy Meatball Recipe

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This Easy Meatball Recipe is the perfect staple for any kitchen! It’s easy to prep and these meatballs come out juicy and full of flavor every time.

These meatballs can be used for just about anything. Swedish meatballs, grape jelly meatballs, spaghetti and meatballs, or even used as dippers or appetizers!

This meatball recipe makes tender meatballs

Meatballs are a classic recipe, perfect in soups, casseroles or meatball sandwiches.  I make up big batches of meatballs and freeze them, adding them to a pot of boiling soup or into a bubbling pot of Marinara Sauce creates a homemade meal in minutes!

These easy meatballs are made with beef and pork for the perfect blend of flavors.  You can use any ground meat including veal, lamb or sausage.  If your meat is very lean (like in my Turkey Meatballs) I sometimes add a little bit of extra fat like a tablespoon of olive oil or some raw chopped bacon.

Meatballs in a bowl made from an easy meatball recipe

This meatball recipe adds both Italian Seasoning and a bit of parmesan cheese creating an Italian meatball flavor.  If you’re using them in another recipe you can easily change the seasonings to match the ingredients in your dish.

The egg and breadcrumbs act as binding agents to help the meatballs keep their shape.

A clear bowl full of ingredients for an easy meatball recipe.


How To Make Meatballs

  • Do Not Overmix:
    • The trick to keeping meatballs extra tender and juicy is not over mixing when you combine the ingredients. Overmixing makes them tough so when making this meatball recipe, mix just until combined! 
  • Size Matters:
    • Ensuring the meatballs are the same size will ensure they cook at the same rate. I use a cookie scoop to keep them even.
  • Don’t be Lean:
    • Making sure your meat has a bit of fat helps keep them tender.  If you’re using extra lean meat, a dash of olive oil or fat can be added.
  • Season and Flavor:
    • In this meatball recipe Parmesan Cheese and Italian breadcrumbs add extra seasoning and flavor. You can change the seasonings or spices based on what you have on hand or how you’ll be eating the meatballs.  For example, if you’re making sweet and sour meatball dish, you might like to change the Italian seasoning for ginger and garlic.

Meatballs made from my favorite meatball recipe on a baking tray.

This meatball recipe makes about 48 meatballs which is perfect for parties. I like to batch cook them and put them in the freezer in a plastic bag. They can be reheated in the oven quickly to be enjoyed again!

How To Cook Meatballs

Meatballs can be cooked many different ways from pan frying to dropping them into boiling soup or sauce or baking them in the oven. My favorite way to cook them is to bake in the oven as there is no splattering, no flipping the meatballs and they come out perfect every time!

How to Bake Meatballs

Most meatballs will contain a bit of fat so lining your pan with foil is optional but makes cleanup a breeze.  Preheat your oven and spray your pan (or foil) with cooking spray.

Roll the meatballs and place them on the pan about 1/2″ apart. Remember to try to keep your meatballs the same size so they all cook evenly.

Easy meatballs fresh out of the oven.

How Long To Bake Meatballs

When you make this meatball recipe, bake them at 400°F for 18-20 minutes. I usually break one open to check for any pink color. A meat thermometer inserted into a meatball should read 165°F.

Meatballs are pretty forgiving when it comes to oven temperature. If you have something else in the oven at a different temperature, you can add them in and keep an eye on the meatball temperature.

How to Freeze Meatballs

Once cooked and cooled, these meatballs can be frozen for quick meals on busy weekdays!  Simply place them on a baking sheet and freeze for a few hours. Once frozen, transfer to a plastic freezer bag and keep them frozen for up to a few months.

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Review Recipe

Easy Meatball Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Holly
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
This easy meatball recipe is my go-to! The meatballs come out juicy every time and have the most beautiful color ever.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan
  • salt and pepper to taste

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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 

  2. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients until just combined.

  3. Shape mixture into 48 meatballs, approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons each. 

  4. Bake 18-20 minutes or until cooked through. 

Nutrition Information
Calories: 300, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 102mg, Sodium: 301mg, Potassium: 423mg, Carbohydrates: 6g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 26g, Vitamin A: 5.6%, Vitamin C: 4.2%, Calcium: 13.6%, Iron: 14.3%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Meatballs browned and baked on a cookie sheet

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  1. I made these tonight, and they are delicious! That being said, the prep time on this is a joke right? Cutting an onion, chopping parsley, mixing, and balling takes a lot longer than 10 minutes. I think even if you only mixed and balled it’d be longer than 10 minutes. I might just be extremely slow. I am not a chef by any means. Lol

    These did come out delicious, so kudos for making a great foolproof recipe.

  2. This recipe was fabulous! I made it for my wife to go with a pasta dish and it came out great. I stuck to the exact recipe except for making homemade breadcrumbs. Very tasty , very juicy and perfect for a quick and easy recipe.

  3. These look good. However, I wish to cook them in an airfryer. Any idea what temperature and the time? I only bought ground pork because I cannot consume red meat. I think I have breadcrums or could make some with the bread I have. I probably have the Itallian spices too and eggs. I hopevwhat little I do have will make some meatballs. Please advise.

  4. Why is there a liquid in some of your meatball recipes, and in the crockpot version there is not.Does the crockpot change the consistency.

  5. I need these to be gluten free so I’m going to swap out the breadcrumbs for oatmeal.
    Do you think I should add more liquid?
    I’ll report back how they come out for anyone else interested. :-)

    1. Hi Mary, I have only tried this recipe as written so I don’t know about the liquid addition. Let me know how they turn out!

  6. Made this last night. Came out fantastic. More importantly, taste was rich and every bit as good as frying, so saving fat calories.  Win-win!  Thank you.